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Fly Interview: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Talks Movie Roles, Drake Vs. Meek Mill Beef & more

 

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O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) and Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) have all encompassed their roles to the point where it’s quite scary how well they play each of their characters in the upcoming movie biopic, which hit theaters on Friday, August 14th.

During the interview, the fellas spoke on the pressures behind playing someone that they’ve idolized for so long.

[O’Shea] on playing the role of his very own Father, Ice Cube: 

It had to audition for two years before I got the role. And then, after that I had a chemistry test with [these two: Jason & Corey] and like two other [Cube’s] and like three [Dre’s], and Universal Studios still had to pick the right man for the job. It’s a crazy amount of pressure because it’s my family’s legacy.

O’Shea admits that he may follow in his Father’s footsteps and pursue more music (says he gave Big Sean a nudge recently on the subject, as he laughs). But, for now acting is his main priority, he says.

[Corey] on why he thinks they were casted: 

They wanted it to be authentic. They wanted it to be right, and they weren’t looking for impersonations. They could’ve found guys that looked and sound exactly like them, but they wanted people who they knew could do the work and just capture the legacy of N.W.A.

[Jason] says: 

They took the fear away from us by letting us know…”you guys are right for the job. we pitched you guys for a reason. All the impersonations and all of the problems that you think you guys are going to have physically, we’re going to give you the tools to feel comfortable, but in the meantime, just to be here to support you guys.”

On the Drake vs Meek Mill: 

It looks like there’s about six rounds left in the fight, so let’s not count it out completely. But we all know what the judges cards are looking like at this point. It’s been a knockdown in the fight! He got up but lets just see where it goes.

Check out the entire interview below:

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Straight Outta Compton hits theaters this Friday, August 14th! Don’t miss it!

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‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’ Director F. Gary Gray Discusses Preparing The Cast To Play Their ICONIC Roles

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This past weekend, the stars of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Executive Producer Ice Cube, Director F. Gary Gray, and legendary N.W.A member DJ Yella held a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss the making of the film.

Gary Gray tasked the cast with not only portraying their character on screen, but essentially becoming these legendary artists:

“I just filled him [O’Shea Jackson, Jr.] up with ammunition. He would have everything he needed to understand how I felt during that time,” said Ice Cube on his son’s portrayal of him in the film.

Gary Gray touched on the intense amount of work the cast had to go through to become the legendary members of N.W.A. The talented Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the film, talked to how this experience is the job of a lifetime and how happy he is to bring life to the fallen gangsta rap icon:

“The second to last week of shooting was called the Eazy week. By that time, we had built up a brotherhood so strong, that when they saw me laying in that [hospital] bed, they weren’t seeing Eazy, they were seeing Jason,” said Jason Mitchell on the bond the cast shares.

The cast has developed a brotherhood that translates on screen as we journey through the years of N.W.A Make sure to catch STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON in theaters August 14th!

PHOTO: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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BIG SEAN, ICE CUBE, F. GARY GRAY AND THE CAST OF STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON HOST PRIVATE SCREENING IN DETROIT

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Fab 5 Freddy Goes Behind The Scenes with The Members of N.W.A for Their Highly Anticipated Biopic ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON [Video]

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Yo! MTV Raps legendary journalist, Fab 5 Freddy, sits down with the original members of N.W.A and talks with the group about their legacy and about filming STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.

#StraightOuttaCompton releases nationwide August 14, 2015.

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Synopsis: In 1980s California, a group of young men (O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) form the hip-hop group N.W.A and revolutionize music and pop culture with brutally honest songs about life in the ‘hood.

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Watch: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Trailer Becomes Hip Hop’s Moment During The 57th Grammy’s

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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

 

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Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-WrightWill Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.

Peep the trailer below: